About Us

Connecting with our tribal elders.

Our Story

Buffalo Youth Nation Project (BYNP) was created by Lisa Ansell Frazier, a Native/Indigenous woman enrolled in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Lisa believes that children are our greatest gift. She felt compelled to take action after seeing and personally experiencing the challenges that our Indigenous/Native children face on Reservation communities.  

In the summer of 2018, Lisa loaded up her minivan with school supplies, kids, and love for her Nation; driving 800 miles round trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation to give resources to the children of her tribe. What started as a single act quickly grew into a bigger movement. Lisa began delivering necessities to multiple tribes in the Great Plains region.

As the trips up to the Reservations grew, she could see there was much more healing needed. Lisa called in help from other women warriors (Akicita). Women from all walks of life came together in the spirit of healing and the BYNP 501(c)(3) was established in April 2021. A sacred circle was created.

Board of Directors

Native Women Led. Native Women Strong.

Lisa Ansell Frazier

Founder |  Director  |  President

Lisa Ansell Frazier is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and currently lives in Wyoming. She is a mother of three beautiful children and a dog mom to three amazing dogs. She is a Tribal Trauma Crisis Counselor, Native Nations Advisory Panelist and a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She spends her free time hiking with her family and gardening. Her mission is empowerment of Native youth, creating stability and nurturing self-esteem.

Anaya Echohawk-Flint

Director Secretary

Anaya Echohawk-Flint is a member of the Paiute, Pawnee, and Yakama Nations. She is enrolled at the Confederate Tribes of the Yakama Nation. She spends her time with her husband, three children and pug. She is currently working on her undergraduate in Psychology. She hopes to make mental health resources more accessible for Indigenous populations.

Katrina Vermillion

Director | Treasurer

Katrina is an artist and passionate creator of many forms of craft, enrolled at Standing Rock Reservation. She loves spending time in nature, whether it be by forested mountains or the fresh air of the oceanside. She has enjoyed the last twenty-six years providing care and connection to many animals in her community at the Frontier Veterinary Clinic. Katrina believes her purpose in this life is to help others with her voice and heart, especially children.  She does so in honor of her beautiful son and his kindness campaign, Bkind4b

 

Andrea Bauer

Director

Andrea Bauer is currently living in Cheyenne, WY.  She has lived in 8 states and 2 countries! Throughout all of her travels, she has remained passionate about helping anyone she can and is an outspoken fighter for the underdog. Her second passion is crafting and hopes to teach everyone she meets the art of wreath making.

How We Work

BYNP uses a number of resources and outreach to determine what is needed the most and where. We connect to our populations and establish relationships to understand and address the current needs of K-12 children.

Tools

Some of the resources we use to plan and execute projects are:

  • BYNP Webpage
  • Excel
  • Google Workspace
  • Social Media
  • Zoom 
  • Educational Directories
  • Collaborative Relationships with Businesses and Organizations

Planning

BYNP holds meetings via Zoom. The meetings serve as a work time for any active project, proposal, or endeavor. All meetings are recorded on meeting minutes and are available to the public via written request.

Executing

Decisions on executing BYNP’s vision are made collaboratively, thoughtfully, and with input from the communities we serve.

We document all donations into our data system to maintain the highest level of accountability and transparency. Additionally, we used collected data to determine how we can better serve communities and expand our outreach in the future.

As a grassroots organization, we focus on a few projects at a time to make sure we are providing supplies and resources with the highest standard of quality at minimal overhead cost.

Future Education

BYNP strives to stay educated on current events, history, and demographics of the populations we serve. Some examples of this are: reading congressional releases, learning about the various histories of Indigenous reservations, researching Native and Tribal Policies, and speaking with leaders active within tribal communities. We educate ourselves about the diverse communities we serve to support them with integrity and authenticity.

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